Recently at the recycling center I found a few Box Tops For Education coupons in the mixed-paper bin. As I walked back toward my vehicle a woman rolled down her window and said, “Why are you going through the garbage?”
I told her I was looking for Box Tops For Education for my nephews’ schools. Also that I prefer to think of it as mixed paper.
The woman frowned. “Well, I don’t like it. Some of the stuff we throw in there is kind of sensitive. Private.”
It took me a couple of seconds to form a coherent response. “You should be shredding that stuff! If you throw personal information away without cutting it up you could have your identity stolen.”
She sniffed audibly, then drove off.
Readers: Do you ever throw away things like bank or credit card statements or health insurance info? If so, please stop it. Right now.